Canon XSi/450D

My XSi camera settings

Written by Gail Bjork

I’ve never been a fan of factory default settings when I get a new digital camera. The XSi/450D is no exception. Here are the settings I’ve chosen as my own default.

View of XSi dials & buttons

View of XSi dials & buttons

I don’t care for the factory default settings of most digital cameras, either compact or DSLR. I change them as soon as I get a camera. These are the settings I generally use for the Canon XSi.

  • Exposure control – Aperture Priority mode
  • Metering – Evaluative
  • Auto Focus mode – One Shot
  • Exposure Compensation – 0
  • ISO Speed – Auto
  • * button – Focus lock:
    AE lock/AF; custom function 10/#1
  • Image quality – JPEG Fine (shoot RAW+JPEG for special events & difficult lighting)
  • White balance – Auto
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer – OFF
  • Highlight tone priority – OFF
  • Picture Style Standard
    Sharpness: 3
    Contrast: -1
    Saturation: 0
    Color tone: +1
  • Color Space – sRGB
  • Live View shooting – Quick mode
  • Grid for Live View – ON
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction – OFF
  • High ISO Speed Noise Reduction – OFF*
  • Review time – OFF
  • LCD auto off – Enabled
  • Auto power off – Two minutes
  • Red-eye – OFF
  • Format card – I do a low level format at least once a month

Important: These are my standard settings but I do change them as needed. Some I choose because I prefer to edit images rather than let the camera do it (ie. noise reduction). Changes depend the subject, quality and direction of light and whether photos are taken inside or out.

* When High ISO Speed Noise Reduction is enabled, continuos shooting can not be used.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • There shouldn’t be any disadvantages, but make sure you read the manual regarding the possibility that the camera will heat up. Also, when doing long exposures set your camera to RAW or RAW+JPEG. If you haven’t already, check page 155 in the manual. It may be helpful to also review page 57 and 100.

  • i do long exposure a lot is there a disadvantage using of using long exposure noise reduction? thanks